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2015/16 preview - introducing Fleetwood Town FC

5 June 2015

Meet Millwall's League One opponents

FLEETWOOD TOWN

Founded: 1908

Stadium: Highbury Stadium

Nickname: Cod Army

Position: 10th in League One

Manager: Former Preston North End head of youth Graham Alexander was named Fleetwood manager in December 2012.

The 43-year-old had only retired from playing at the end of the previous season aged 41, bringing to a close a remarkable 22-year career in which he clocked up 1,024 professional appearances.

Alexander replaced former boss Micky Mellon with the Cod Army sitting seventh in the League Two table.

It was his first permanent managerial role in professional football having enjoyed a brief spell as care-taker boss at Preston the previous season following the sacking of Phil Brown.

The signs then were good, with Preston losing just once of the five games Alexander was joint caretaker boss with David Unsworth, and when Fleetwood came calling, Alexander jumped at the opportunity to take charge.

In his first season the Cod Army tailed away from a possible Play-Off spot, however just 12 months later Alexander led the team to a 1-0 Play-Off Final win against York City at Wembley to clinch promotion to League One thanks to an Antoni Sarcevic goal.

For much of the 2014/15 campaign Fleetwood flirted with the top six, just running out of steam at the end, and they finished six points off the top six.

A major cull on the playing side has seen 15 players leave and manager Alexander declare his intention to build a stronger squad to challenge at the top end of the division over the next 12 months.

Key Player: Midfielder Nick Haughton will be one to watch during the 2015/16 having emerged as a bright young talent during the past 12 months.

Signed in February 2014 following a successful one-week trial, Haughton was immediately loaned out to Northern Premier League side Nanthwich Town to gain experience.

That proved a worthwhile exercise and when he came back he forced his way into the Development Squad and then the first team.

Last season Haughton made his first-team bow in the 1-0 win over Port Vale back in October and went on to make 22 appearances for the Cod Army.

He was voted the club's Young Player of the Year and now hopes to push on during the coming campaign.

Top scorer:  Jamie Proctor (8 goals)

Head-to-head: N/A

Last time we met: As with Burton Albion, when The Lions meet the Cod Army this coming season it will be the first time ever that the two teams have played each other in a competitive fixture.

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